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RATINGS: 919   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (5679) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Rather different from a lot of imperial stouts, but in a good way. The Belgian yeast and German hops add nice touches but don’t overpower the beer, which is very vinous and complex. An excellent imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (797) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle from Blanc Burger. Pours a deep,dark chocolate with a cinnamon frothy head. Milk, vanilla, chipotlle, cedar on the nose, rich mouthfeel, alcohol is present but subdued,milky, spicy characteristics, roasted malts, dry hopped hops add to this interesting brew. It works and is worth sampling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
2010-1, 01-13 A- Body is a deep, thick, viscous, opaque-dark brown nearly black color. Pours with a big cream colored head-eventually fades to 1/2 finger and leaves lots of lacing behind in the glass- a very good looking beer. S- The belgian stout has a strange nose- milk, spicy belgian yeast, dark chocolate, a hint of funk, and a hint of roasted malt. T- Taste is very similar to the nose-only comes off more as a roasted milk stout. There is an underlying hint of Belgian yeast-but the milkiness, roasted malt, and coacoa take precidence. M- Medium to high carbonation-a nice, smooth velvety mouthfeel, smooth and creamy. D- Actually overall I find this beer to be quite odd. I love belgians and I love stouts-but belgian stouts-and for that matter-sour porters/stouts or weirder to my palate than the American Black Ale. Its fairly enjoyable and yes very drinkable-but weird-the fact that this is funky and not sour is certainly a benefit. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-02-2011 03:55:38

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
12 oz bottle. A very nice pour, with thick and fluffy dark mocha head, good retention, and clumpy lacing. Very dark cola brown in color, yet not overly thick and oily looking as other big stouts. The unique aspects of this one come out right away in the nose. Big fresh plums and bready, nutty, rye toast. Some more fruits in there as well with cherries and pears. Also, caramel cookies, earth, and light whiskey. A very pleasant and engaging aroma. The body and feel of this beer is probably its biggest downfall for me. There’s just too much cola-like carbonated, sugary sweetness. The finish becomes quite bitter, but there’s a decent amount of booze in there as well. The flavors are similarly complex like the aroma, but aren’t presented quite so well because of the feel. As a result, the fruits, roasted, nutty grain breads, toffee cookies, and earthy-herbal bitterness in the finish, seem to blend and clump together. So much promise here. Just a bit off the mark. Could jump up to being a fantastic beer with a few minor tweaks I feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2011
750ml from the Wine and Cheese Place, St. Lou. Big pour, thick, oily, hefty like a milkshake with a silky beige head. Very rich chocolate malts in the nose, but sharp spicy hops in their too. Super nice mouthfeel, creamy and lactic, with a bit of a grainy, dry finish that nicely complements the noble hops in here (a nice touch). The fruity yeast is only barely detectable to my tastebuds, and I wish I had one to age to see if they came through a bit more. Intense dark core to the beer, smoky and roast espresso, with the additional elements coming and going fluidly. Complex and satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Pours black with tan head. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma with some hops present. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, some spiciness, slightly smokey. Full body with minimal carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1601) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2011
A black pour with a deep brown head. The aroma is woody and smoky mixed together with some chocolate and raisin. The full body has a creamy texture and mostly sweet, fruity taste. The finish is roasted with a slight alcohol taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (5331) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a very dark brown with an average tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit and chocolate. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and a bit of hops. If you like espresso you will like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2544) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2011 Damn near black, with a huge frothy light brown head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, cola, dark fruits, roasted and chocolate malt. Very rich sweet/smokey/slightly bitter finishing taste. Big, thick, full body and creamy mouthfeel. Very nice, a good integration of yeast into stout, MUCH better than the Troubadour Obscura. And yeah, I may just try it over ice cream, it seems like it would work well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (3373) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Black Hills Beer Fest - Very dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Mild aroma is roasty with light espresso. The taste borders on heavy roast, some bittersweet cocoa, and light florals. Maybe it was the Belgian yeast, but I got disoriented with the earthy/floral/fruity thing competing with the roastiness. Ok.

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